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Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.361
National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 13, 2019
Application: Dec 13, 2019

For scientific or research questions:

Augie Diana, PhD
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

For financial or grants management questions:

Randi Freundlich
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Peer review contact:
Weiqun Li, M.D.
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes and to Reduce Disparities in Rural Populations grants provide funding for research projects focused on health challenges and the development of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions to reduce health risks for rural populations in the United States. Prevention strategies should address and measure the reduction of risk factors and enhancement of protective factors. Treatment strategies will measure and address health improvement in individuals with existing health conditions.

Research objectives include, but are not limited to, projects that:

  • Promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by rural populations
  • Identify disparities among population groups living in the rural U.S. and strategies that specifically benefit those communities
  • Lead to identification of social determinants of health
  • Implement evidence-based interventions (EBIs) relevant to the culture of rural populations and settings
  • Incorporate study designs that are most appropriate to, or can benefit, rural communities, such as:
    • Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches, that take advantage of resources central to rural areas
    • Remote health technologies to increase reach of intervention strategies (e.g., in remote rural areas)
  • Understand the factors that determine the sustainability of health promotion strategies in rural settings

Eligible entities include:

  • Institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • For-profit organizations
  • Government entities
  • Independent school districts
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or community-based Organizations
  • Regional organizations
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: Up to $350,000 per year in direct costs
Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 4
Estimated total program funding: $2,500,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application procedures are available on

A letter of intent (LOI) is suggested, though is not required. The LOI should include the title of the proposed project, contact information for the principle investigator, names of key personnel, participating institutions, and the number and title of the funding opportunity. Letters can be sent to:
Weiqun Li, MD
Chief, Scientific Review Branch

Tagged as
Culture and cultural competency · Health disparities · Research methods and resources · Technology for health and human services · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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